Second Chronicles 12 Commentary
Solomon had inherited wealth and goodwill from his father David. It appears Rehoboam inherited only wealth from Solomon. We would guess there was very little goodwill to inherit from Solomon by the time he was dying. Where is the goodwill and diplomacy that Solomon built and even cemented by marriage with Egypt? Is it possible that all of it can evaporate in just 4 years of Solomon’s death?
Parents are warned. Wealth alone isn’t as cool an inheritance as we think.
There is more at play here. Rehoboam and his subjects have abandoned the Law of the LORD. The LORD has pronounced judgment on the nation. Judah must be scattered. But repentance intervenes. Jerusalem survives but only as a subject kingdom of Egypt. Let Israel know the difference between serving the LORD and serving other gods.
There is no land in between. You are either a slave of the cross or a slave of the devil. It is the purpose of the gospel to tell the world that the yoke of the LORD Jesus is easy and His burden is light.
“But if you turn away and forsake the decrees and commands I have given you[b] and go off to serve other gods and worship them, then I will uproot Israel from my land, which I have given them, and will reject this temple I have consecrated for my Name. I will make it a byword and an object of ridicule among all peoples.”
These words of the LORD must have been very fresh on the errant nation.
In place of the gold shields, Rehoboam made bronze shields. This is a picture of a devaluation process that the saint undergoes when sin strikes. A boy born under Solomon’s rule, when the nation swam in gold, will still be a youth by the time Rehoboam is dying and gold is replaced with bronze.
Worse still, Jerusalem, the capital of a vast and prosperous nation is now only a little more than a city-state. This is a miracle!
Mortals always find a way to mess up. Rehoboam is not definitely the son, nor the promised seed to bring stray humanity back to an everlasting kingdom. How blessed, and consequently, how grateful the saint must be to the man Jesus! His kingdom of righteousness is everlasting. The saint’s value runs from clay through iron, bronze, and silver, all the way to gold. We increase; we don’t reduce. Ours is an everlasting kingdom. We can bask in the righteousness of the cross daily.
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